Brozovsky: Find what you love and you'll never work a day in your life

In 2013, after struggling and bouncing between jobs, I set out to start my own business, called uCell2Us, which sells mostly used electronics online. I began operations out of my basement, but in just three short years, have expanded to a 3,000-square-foot warehouse with five employees.

I’m proud to say that running my own business never feels like work, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Unfortunately, the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) is threatening my small business. Many believe that MFA will help businesses like mine by leveling the playing field between me and the large big-brand retailers, but that’s simply not the case. Instead, it will crush small Internet-enabled businesses, allowing the big dogs to get ahead. I’m extremely disappointed that the Roanoke City Council passed a resolution urging Congress to pass the MFA.

The Marketplace Fairness Act is a compliance nightmare. Consider this: there are nearly 10,000 sales tax jurisdictions across the country, all with varying rates and rules that are changing constantly. I and my small team would be responsible for tracking each jurisdiction. Every single tax jurisdiction, from Maine to Alaska, Hawaii to Florida, would be subject to continuous monitoring. And what happens if something slips through the cracks? My company would be subject to tax audits from places where we have no holdings, and where I’ve never even stepped foot.

Large retailers have the resources to manage this sort of compliance; they can even assign entire departments to do so. uCell2Us simply doesn’t have the money or the time to stay on top of these daunting tax codes. We’re busy running our business.

Some have made the argument that software companies will make the collection process “quick and easy.” But who is going to pay for software integration for my company’s existing technology? And is that company going to foot the bill if I get audited?

Small businesses built this country. We live in a time where entrepreneurs can lead the life they’ve dreamed of by owning and operating their own business. Enacting an Internet sales tax in Virginia is a direct threat to the continuation of companies like mine. I sincerely hope our legislators will recognize this fact, and vote against the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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